September 23, 2008

Carrot cake roll with low-fat cream cheese filling


I was planning to do this post yesterday, and I ended up pushing it as you can see till now. Do you ever experience those days when you don't feel like cooking or blogging or for that matter, even thinking about food? That is exactly where I was.
I was even contemplating doing a one line write-up which I finally decided against in the best interest of this blog and my readers. How boring would that have been?

I don't know where or what I was looking up for inspiration, but I ended up watching this Tamil movie "Kuselan" with Rajinikanth in it (time that I was supposed to blog.) Not a very good idea. There was about 20 min of story in the whole 3 hour movie.
Like somebody had done a post in a hurry! Exactly what I was working against.
I watched the movie in like an hour, I just had to run through most parts of it, and I did not miss a thing. I regretted not cooking or blogging by the time it was over! It seemed a much more inviting alternative at the end of all this.

That is exactly how I end up sharing these cute looking carrot rolls filled with low-fat cream cheese frosting.
My last post was a savory carrot muffin, and now I have baked up a sweet carrot cake roll. I know, it is a lot of carrots in one week, but I really do like them, next only to the bunnies.
I have adapted this recipe from "cdkitchen" with very few changes.
I tried to color the cream cheese filling with a nice light orange but it turned against me. I used whole wheat pastry flour and it kinda blended in with that color. So the nice twirls may not be that clear in my picture. So if you plan to make this, just leave the cream cheese to its natural color. So, that way it gives a nice contrast against the cake.
So here it is...

Carrot cake roll with low-fat cream cheese filling


Whole wheat pastry flour - 2/3 cup
Cornstarch - 2 tbsp
Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon - 1/2 tsp
Eggs- 3 separated
Honey - 1/2 cup
Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp
Grated carrots - 1 cup loosely packed
Cream of tartar - 1/4 tsp

Cream cheese filling:

Low-fat Cream cheese - 8 oz tub
Honey - 2 tbsp
Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp
Chopped raisins - 1/2 cup
Coconut flakes - 2 tbsp


Filling: In a mixing bowl, with a help of a hand blender beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Next add the honey, vanilla extract, raisins and coconut. Set aside.

Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a jellyroll pan with wax paper. And grease.

Mix together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and cinnamon.

Beat the egg yolks with a hand blender until light, creamy and till the volume increases. Mix in the honey and vanilla.

Toss in the dry ingredients just until incorporated. Do not over mix.

With a rubber spatula, fold in the grated carrots.

In a bowl, beat egg whites with cream of tartar till it forms stiff peaks.

Stir about 1/4 of egg whites into batter first, then fold in the rest. Pour batter into pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or till done.

Sprinkle a towel with coconut flakes. Loosen cake and turn onto towel, peel off wax paper. Roll cake up in towel and let stand for 1 minute.

Unroll and let stand for 3 minutes, then roll up and let stand until cool. Unroll cake, remove towel. I guess this process kind of gives the flexibility to the cake in itself.

Spread with filling right to edges of the cake.

Re-roll cake.
Let the log sit for a few minutes, and then cut into one inch thick slices and serve.


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  1. wow.. really excellant... yummy & delicious.. thxs for sharing..

  2. Yummy carrot cake roll... Loved the color. U have managed to get perfect color.

  3. wow! looks soft and yummy! Thanx for sharing!

  4. nice one..very beautiful recipe..thanks for sharing!!

  5. Thats a lovely roll and you say that as a breeze! Beating egg whites to stiff peaks is still a challenge to me!

  6. Cake roll looks soooooo tempting and inviting.I can't take my eyes of it.

  7. Wow! Another great and "bookmarkable" recipe from you!!! :)

  8. I have never baked a roll cake before. It looks so easy to prepare.

    Tell me about Kuselan. Even I didn't have the patience to watch it.

  9. hmm....i was going thru the same situation last weekend...i mean the one liner post and i found it boring too :)) carrot roll cake is a nice idea....

  10. Love the filling in it.
    Yeah i have had those days when i reallydon't know what to cook.
    I love to cook but there are days when idon't like cooking at all :-)))

  11. Hmmm, I was exactly in the very same spot for my recent post....I always stay from rolled cakes.because mine always tend to crumble or they decide to stick to the towel..I have always dusted the towel with flour...coconut flakes as you indicate should do the trick I guess...

  12. Hi Divya, Thankyou for concern about my Carrot cake roll looks delicious.. & awesome.. new for me... nice click,.. thxs for sharing dear..

  13. you make such exotic desserts.. my god.

  14. Carrot cake roll looks perfect :P

  15. this is new recipe to me..its very tempting pic...ur a carrot recipe expert..

  16. Rolled cake, love the filling :) About the movie, He he that is a flopped one :(

  17. I do have those days of not knowing what to cook and the very idea of entering onto the kitchen.

    Talking about Kuselan.... I watched the movie in the theater and I pity myself.

  18. yum yum carrot roll. Looks really delicious and nice click.

  19. wow! really wow! very well explained and girl u take gorgeous pics...gotto learn from you....:)btw how to follow ur blog can u add that follow me widget?I have it my reader but just wanted to follow too

  20. Nirmala - Beating egg whites is only a matter of seconds if you do it with a hand mixer. (The kind you use to mix/ cream together cake batter.) The cream of tartar will help you to achieve stiff peaks and keep it that way. Good luck.

    Sangeeth - I hope I understood your question right... that you wanted to follow my blog or any blog for that matter.
    Goto Blogger Dashboard - Reading list - "Add blog" - Enter "" - Click "Follow".
    So now the blog gets added to your follow list. And you will get updates as and when new posts are published. You can view this on your Dashboard.

    If you want to see who is following you, that would appear on the Dashboard too, but if you want to add the follow widget, go to "Add widget" in layout and choose the "followers widget"
    It should automatically show up on your main page.
    Hope that helps... I am sorry if I misunderstood the question, do get back to me if you wanted me to address something else.

  21. Hi Divya,

    Its good that you took your time to watch and then post. Looks like the movie is not that interesting. the carrot cake looks fine.Why so you think it has to look photo perfect as long as it is taste perfect all is fine.:)

  22. Hey Divya,the cake roll looks perfect and I see you got your creative streak back....maybe I should watch kuselan too and hope it helps me bake this way..:)

  23. Thanks divya for letting me know

  24. wonderful recipe...iam sure will try it.. healthy one

  25. This is real deal, very nice recipe and looks mouth-drooling!!!

  26. yeah Pesarattu and adai are somewhat similar.. you are right.

  27. carrot cake rolls are looking so good and tempting.

  28. wow! looks delicious and superb1 u r rocking with carrot recipes!

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  30. Pretty roll that is! I see the hidden cream too - so it hasn't got lost exactly, just playing hide n' seek:)

  31. I just made my step-sons favorite carrot cake over the weekend for his birthday.

    Um, but mine was not low fat. I have to leave out nuts and raisins, but the recipe I used called for 1 1/2 cups OIL and 2 cups SUGAR!

    Needless to say, everyone in the family said it was the best carrot cake they ever had - it was so moist, well, 1 1/2 cups of oil will do that!

    My twist was I used a honey cinnamon frosting (because he loves anything with cinnamon) so I think that combo was why it was such a big hit!

  32. I've made and eaten carrot cakes many many times, but never never seen a carrot cake roll. Such a lovely idea, Divya, and it looks and sounds beautiful.

  33. I make a pumpkin roll with cream cheese frosting - similary and it reminds of me a carrot cake with the chopped nuts. It's a big hit at home... Yours looks nice.

    You can check out mine at

  34. Hi! Thanks for checking out my blog. This is my first visit to yours and everything looks DELICIOUS. I will definitely be adding you to my google reader.

    Anyway, this carrot cake looks really good. Very moist. Do you think it could be transformed into cupcakes?


  35. My grandma used to make this at Christmas. I think I'm going to have to start up that tradition again.

  36. I have never made a cake like this but I may have to try! Thank you for all the photos!

    I love that you use lots of whole wheat in your recipes, I'm always looking for healthy recipes!

  37. I have a question - are you rolling the cake up along the long edge, or the short edge? (ie, ending up with long roll, or short thick roll?) I couldn't tell from the pictures or the description, sorry...

  38. Tracey - I roll the shorter side up, and ended up with a short thick roll, if you want to do it the other way make sure you roll and unroll accordingly (I have explained this in the procedure) before adding the frosting inorder to make it flexible.

  39. you have a wonderful blog. the pictures are really great.


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